Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties to experience more heavy snowfall

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Residents in Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties can expect another round of heavy snowfall today after several inches of snow Monday night.

Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, said the three counties would receive seven to 14 inches of snow today, although the amount of snowfall will vary throughout the area depending on where weather bands hit.

The National Weather Service on Sunday predicted that the three counties would experience up to three to four feet of snow from Sunday to Wednesday and warned drivers of a difficult, if not impossible, commute to work today. Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties were placed under a lake effect snow warning.

Winds are expected to blow up to 20 to 30 miles per hour today, Mr. Reynolds said, after speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour Monday night. While the meteorologist predicted that some areas in the three counties would have clear skies today, other areas would have minimal, if not zero, visibility.

“You’re going to encounter rather changing weather,” Mr. Reynolds said.

The state Department of Transportation Sunday prepared 1,575 large plow/dump trucks, 207 medium plow/dump trucks, 324 loaders, 38 truck/loader mounted snow blowers, 50 tow plows, 19 graders and 14 pickup trucks with plows, along with 389,000 tons of road salt for the four-day period.

By Wednesday, however, Mr. Reynolds said he expects the winds to slow down to 10 to 15 miles per hour and the snowfall to turn into snow showers. “It’ll wrap down for a little while,” he said. “Toward the end of the week, it looks like there’ll be a chance of more snow showers.”

The weather radar station in Montague has been out of service until today. Mr. Reynolds said the service meteorologists have used other equipment to monitor the local weather.

“We have many tools to figure out what’s going on,” he said.

St. Lawrence County residents received about three to seven of inches of snow from Sunday night to Monday morning, but were only expected to experience one to two inches, if not a dusting, today and for the rest of the week.

“For the most part, the bulk of the snow is over for this Christmas event,” said Eric Evenson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Vermont. “Without any (significant) precipitation today or Wednesday, there should be no traffic issues at all.”

Temperatures throughout the county, however, are expected to drop with highs in the single digits just above zero degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of 10 below to 20 below, Mr. Evenson said.

“It’s going to be widespread cold everywhere,” he said.

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